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Getting Around Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transportation District (MTD Santa Barbara) operates a network of public transportation that consists of more than 20 bus routes serving the cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpenteria in southern California. To get to the beautiful beaches of Santa Barbara, passengers can use the MTD Santa Barabara Downtown Shuttle and Waterfront Shuttle. The Waterfront Shuttle, which is labeled W, runs mostly along Cabrillo Boulevard between the Santa Barbara Zoo and the Harbor area near the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) campus. The Downtown Shuttle bus route runs along State Street between the Downtown Transit Center and the small traffic circle near the beachfront Steams Wharf.

Located near Chapala Street and Figueroa Street, the Transit Center is served by most of the Santa Barbara MTD bus routes. This center is the main transfer hub that can be used to navigate the entire network of Santa Barbara MTD buses which circulate through major neighborhoods such as Eastside, Westside, and the Riviera. Bus Routes 14 and 20 actually run along the waterfront and beach areas in the nearby communities of Montecito and Carpinteria. Additionally, the Santa Barbara Transit Center is also served by some major coach companies such as Greyhound.

Situated along State Street, the Santa Barbara Amtrak Station is located right next to the city's waterfront beach and harbor district. This station is served by the Amtrak Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner lines. Running between Seattle and Los Angeles, the Coast Starlight offers an amazing long distance journey that allows passengers to truly explore the pacific coast of the United States. The Pacific Surfliner runs between San Diego (CA) and San Luis Obispo, California. Since the Amtrak Station is located only two blocks away from the Santa Barbara beaches, there is no need to make any transfers or use local taxi companies.

U.S. Route 101 passes right through the oceanfront area of Santa Barbara. Stretching for more than 1,500 miles along the west coast, U.S. Route 101 offers an unforgettable scenic journey through California, Oregon, and Washington. Exit 96B and 97 on U.S. Route 101 will lead to the Santa Barbara beaches. Driving along the waterfront palm tree lined Cabrillo Boulevard is an absolute pleasure as well for anyone cruising through Santa Barbara. There is limited space for street parallel parking along Cabrillo Boulevard, but there is additional parking space available near the Skater's Point skateboard park.

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